Patrotic Beaded Flip Flops

DIY Patriotic Flip Flops

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Patrotic Beaded Flip Flops

Patrotic Beaded Flip Flops

Have you ever made DIY Beaded Flip Flops? It’s a great way to beat the heat on your feet, bring style to your outfit and celebrate all things Patriotic.  Of course you can make these any time of year, in any color, but for this tutorial, we are thinking FIREWORKS!

These really east Patriotic beaded DIY Flip Flops shout Red, White and Blue!

They are simple and freehand, so you can make a straight line, or any design you choose; meaning you can’t go wrong and will turn out fabulous.

A terrific art to try, a family activity, girls day , or youth project. Please share with us how your turned out by sending me your picture of your DIY Patriotic Flip Flops to  Now go have some FUN with these!!!

DIY Patriotic Beaded Flip Flops


A Pair of flip flops with the plastic straps

Fishing line


Beads – tip:  make sure the needle(s) will fit through the bead as you choose the beads.Flip Flops

We used regular sewing needles because they were thin enough and strong. 

You will want to double the fishing line with a length as long as you can manage. 

Better less than more because the line will tangle.Flip Flops 1To begin, tie a large knot at the end of the fishing line and bring to the outside from the inside first.Flip Flops 2Go back to the inside and and stitch a few times about 1/4″ or so apart to give it support to the knot.Flip Flops 3

Begin by stringing the first bead on the outside strap and pulling the line throughFlip Flops 4Push the needle through the strap allowing just enough room for the bead and pull throughFlip Flops 5Repeat this step with the red bead, making any design or pattern you desire.  Flip Flops 6

It can be a straight row, or zig-zag or wavy. 

The only requirement is that you have fun with it.Flip Flops 7When you reach the end of the thread, tie if off by making a loop…Flip Flops 8Take your needle through the loopFlip Flops 9


And pull the thread to form a knot. 

Do a few zig-zag stitches through a previous hole used for a bead to make a strong knot.Flip Flops 10At the middle point, stay behind the post with your needle as shown here. 

It will look nicer and it’s too difficult to poke through anyway.Flip Flops 11Continue beading until both straps are decorated to your creative flair.Flip Flops 12

Flip Flops 13

And now you have a unique and stylish pair of flip flops!

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Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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Patriotic Shirt

DIY Fireworks Shirt

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Patriotic Shirt

Tie Dye Firework Patriotic Shirt

This DIY Fireworks Shirt is an easy, quick and fun way to make your own Patriotic shirt.

With your own homemade DIY Fireworks Shirt, you’ll look Patriotic on the 4th of July. 

Because you’ll be wearing Red, White and Blue in an imaginative and original way, since YOU designed it!  

You can customized this  DIY Fireworks Shirt to your own personality.  The best part is, this craft does not require artistic ability, and it will turn out perfect!

It’s a great project for teens or a youth activity.

Get your family together so they can express them self in art, while having a fabulous time together.  You’ll also stand out in the crowds (and easy to spot each other which is a nice bonus) while enjoying the celebrations, parades, fireworks and all we have with our blessed freedoms.  

DIY Patriotic Firework Shirt


Sharpie Markers

Spray bottle

Rubbing Alcohol

Cotton t-shirt

Plastic, cookie sheet, cutting board, anything to put between the front and back of the shirt so it does not bleed through Patriotic Shirt 1


Pour the rubbing alcohol into the spray bottle, do not dilute

Place your t-shirt on a flat surface.

Tuck the plastic, cutting board, whatever you are using in between the front and back of the shirt to prevent bleeding through

With any color of sharpie marker you desire begin to make designs

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Continue all across the t-shirt in the pattern of your choice. Patriotic Shirt 3

When you are finished with your masterpiece,  spray the ink designs with the rubbing alcohol to make it ‘bleed and run’Patriotic Shirt 4Continue until you are happy with the resultsPatriotic Shirt 5ALLOW TO DRY FOR at least 1 hour.

When the shirt is COMPLETELY dry, put in the dryer for 15 minutes to set. 

We have not had a problem with the ink coming off onto other clothing in the wash, but test for your own results.

Carrie Groneman Pattern, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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Orange Bowl Bird Feeder

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Natural Bird Feeder

It’s time to feed the birds and this is a great bird feeder that is natural, uses the peel we usually don’t eat, and gives the birds a complete treat to eat.

This Orange Bowl Bird Feeder is easy and so fun for kids and also for adults.

  • A grand child making this with a grand parent
  • A family doing this with an elderly neighbor
  • Time spent with someone who is disabled and not able to get out on their own.
  • Those staying in an assisted living center. 
  • These wonderful people and more would all benefit greatly from a project like this because of the attraction of the birds giving beauty to watch and new opportunities of birds to look forward to from the window, or if able to go a short distance outside. 

If you’re looking for a few more ideas, try this ICE CREAM CONE FEEDER or these TWO SUMMER FEEDERS and DIY BINOCULARS 

So let’s get started!



Orange – look for a nice thick skinned one without blemishes that would affect this project, such as mold, soft spots, ect.

BBQ, Kitchen or Craft Skewers.  I used 12″ wooden ones like THESE (but look at a pack of 100, unless you need 300)

Bird seed 

Twine, string, yarn, or whatever you’d like to use to hang the ORANGE BOWL BIRD FEEDER with



Start by scooping out and using the oranges as you talk to the kids about healthy eating and why oranges are so yummy and good for our body’s.

More options for using the orange segments:

Substitute your fresh orange for the canned mandarins in this refreshing STRAWBERRY ORANGE and SPINACH SALAD

Serve them on a purchased pound cake with whipped cream


Let’s make it

Now it’s time to start the ORANGE BOWL BIRD FEEDER fun using ingredients usually put to waste?

Begin by scooping out all of the pulp. The kids can do this with adult supervision using a heavy duty plastic spoon.

After most of the pulp was out, giving space for the bird seed, I found it was easier to place the skewers in, cross-wise about mid way from the top to the bottom of the orange at this point before putting in the side.  Placing the skewers in this position as shown in the picture, gives balance when the seeds give the orange bowl some weight.



Time to hang it up

Put the seeds into a small cup and let the kids, or adults, pour the seeds into the ORANGE BOWL BIRD FEEDER, shaking the orange a bit to help get the seeds under the skewers.

Now cut the lengths of the twine, yarn or whatever you are using to tie onto the skewers to hang the feeder.  If you’re not sure where, or how they will hang, it’s best to go longer and cut or tie up shorter when adjusting on the tree, fence, post, etc, than having to start over on this part.

Because it is a bowl, it can tip, so two are better than one on this to hang, in my opinion anyway:)

One to hold in place of the length and place of where it is desired to hang, and the other person to adjust the length of the strings.

There you have a wonderful way to watch the birds with your fully used-up ORANGE BOWL BIRD FEEDER!


Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2019
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Easy Ice Cream Cone Bird Feeder

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Easy to make bird feeder with supplies on hand

What a great bird feeder for the kids to make!  

This Easy Ice Cream Cone Bird Feeder is a fun hand and eye coordination activity for the younger kids.  It is interesting for the older kids, and the supplies are easily found in your pantry.

Try this one for a family fun night, or activity to kill summer boredom.  

As the birds come to snack, you can talk about what types they are, and help your kids appreciate the beauty each bird brings to our world.

For more ideas, try this ORANGE BOWL FEEDER and these TWO FEEDERS and DIY BINOCULARS are terrific for little ones. 



Sugar Ice Cream Cones

Peanut Butter

Bird Seed 

Paper plate, plastic knife or something to spread the peanut butter with such as a craft stick.



Cut off the tip of the end of the sugar cone using a sharp knife.  *This part is for an adult to do.


Put a tablespoon or two of peanut butter on a plate.

If the child is old enough to safely use a plastic knife, give them one to spread with.  If not, a craft stick would work well.

And the sugar cone without the very tip, so there is an opening for the twine, string, etc. to hang the bird feeder with. 


Have them spread the peanut butter all over the sugar cone.


Scrap off any excess peanut butter from the plate that wasn’t used. 

Pour a 1/3 cup or so of bird seed onto the plate and have them roll and press the bird seed onto the peanut butter covered ice cream cone.  Add more bird seed to the plate as needed; this will help control the mess:)


If the child is old enough, have them do this step also.  If not, take the twine, string, or yarn and push it through both ends of the covered ice cream cone to form a long loop to hang the bird feeder from, giving yourself plenty of length.  It’s easier to shorten it then to have to start over and add more length.  


Hang the Easy Ice Cream Cone Bird Feeder from a branch, post, fence or wherever works best in your yard and area. 

Now enjoy the birds coming to visit as they snack. 


Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2019
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Stepping Stone

DIY Memory Stepping Stone

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Stepping Stone 1Now you CAN save those precious hand and foot prints or even handwriting! 

This is a fabulous activity for kids of ALL ages, and what a terrific way to spend some valuable time together as a family.

It’s also a much appreciated gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparents Day, birthdays, or simply a fun way to decorate your yard as a family project.

Do-It-Yourself Stepping Stones

*If you’d rather purchase a kit, than make it from scratch, you might want to check THIS out.



Buy a package of concrete at your local hardware store.

Stepping Stone 2

 Mix concrete according to package directions.

As you will see, we made several at a time.  Stepping Stone 3

Because we made half dozen at a time, for convenience Stepping Stone 4

We used a drill and a a mortar mixer in a 5 gallon bucket.

Stepping Stone 5 After making the concrete, pour into disposable aluminum pie tins and smooth with a putty knife, spatula or any flat object. Stepping Stone 6 Let the concrete set up enough until it will hold an imprint.

Then decorate with handprint, footprint, marbles, stones, have the kids write their names with a craft stick; whatever your heart desires! Stepping Stone 7

Allow to sit overnight at room temperature. And voila! Stepping Stone 8 They pop right out without any problem or hitch at all as along as they are dried completely through.  Stepping Stone 9

In humid or cold environments, let them dry as long as needed before removing them from the tin.Stepping Stone 10 These stepping stones can be placed outside in the garden or where ever you desire because they are made out of cement it can withstand the weather. Mom’s, dad’s, grandparents, friend’s, anyone appreciate receiving one of these and the kids will have a blast making them!

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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Ribbon or Rag Tie Flip Flops

DIY Rag Tie Flip Flops

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Ribbon or Rag Tie Flip Flops

DIY Easy Rag or Ribbon Tie Decorate Your Own Flip Flops

This fun, quick, inexpensive way to decorate your feet is so creative, yet easy with a little bit of fabric torn into strips OR some ribbon!

It’s a great camp craft, teen activity, girls day project to have for days at the pool, or to make to match your summer outfits, or just because you want to have an excuse to dress up your feet!!!

DIY Funky Flip Flops


• A pair of plain flip flops

• Fabric of your choice  OR 1″ wide ribbon would work just as well, cut into 6″ lengths

• Pinking Shears

• RulerFunky Flip Flops 1

Directions: First you will want to cut strips of fabric into 1 inch wide and 6 inches long.

The strips do not need to be exact.Funky Flip Flops 2Don’t worry if you don’t have pinking shears you can use a pair of regular scissors as well.

When cutting the fabric, use about 25-30 strips of fabric per flip flop (depending on the shoe size.)

Next you will want to tie the fabric around the flip flop straps.Funky Flip Flops 3When tying the fabric around the flip flop, tye it into one knot. Funky Flip Flops 4If you are going to use more than one type of material start alternating at this point.

You may notice your strands starting to fray. This is what adds charm!  Funky Flip Flops 5

Tie all the way down until there is about 2 inches of the flip flop strap showing.

You want to stop here, for comfort when wearing:)
Funky Flip Flops 6

Trim the edges to your preferred length.

Now you can make several, varying the color of the flip flop and fabric or ribbon!

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Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2017

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